25-storey mixed-use development providing 128 new homes, 50% of which will be affordable, above flexible office and retail space.
The proposal redevelops a constrained, complex carpark site which had remained underused since the construction of the A232 flyover in the 1980’s, whilst safeguarding adjacent sites allocated for future provision of an energy centre and bus stand.
Designed as a composition of articulated volumes with elegant vertical proportions, the proposals provide a distinctive landmark which signifies a sense of arrival and departure to and from Croydon City Centre.
A generous new public realm, which includes a new urban pocket park and widened pavements, provides a setting for the development. A dedicated new pedestrian and cycle route creates a well-lit and safe crossing below the adjacent flyover re-connecting the previously isolated site with the wider neighbourhood.
The building façades are designed as an expressed brick frame, with subtly varying repetition, layering and depth composed to reinforce the vertical proportions of the building. Materiality, brick colour and the language of piers and spandrel panels, reflect a contextual approach responding to the neighbouring Conservation Areas making a contemporary building appropriate to its setting.
Brick by Brick
The scheme was shortlisted for the NLA Awards 2019 in the Housing Category
Two challenging sites are unlocked either side of a transport node, delivering 182 high-quality homes, enhanced public realm, library, gym, supermarket and two cafes.